10 Must Have Items to Survive a Whole30

Clearer skin, better sleep, bloating gone… yep, these are just some of the great things I have experienced while doing a Whole30. In case you haven’t heard, the Whole30 is a program where you cut out certain food groups {like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes} for 30 days. Sound impossible? It’s not! I’ve done several rounds of the Whole30 over the years and I’ve found a few “must have” items to stock up on.

Doing a Whole30 is like “pushing the reset button on your health,” they say. Part of what makes this program great is it helps you find out what foods may be causing a negative impact on your health without you even realizing it. For example, my husband discovered dairy triggers his migraines – not allergies like he has always thought. While on the Whole30, you have to read all of the labels. You can’t have added sugar in any meals and soon realize a TON of the food you are eating has added sugar. It always seems that when people ask me about my experience, I tell them to write down a few staples to grab to make it a bit easier. So, here they are!

Picks from Costco

 

10 Must Have Items for Surviving a Whole 30 | Houston Moms Blog

Aidell’s chicken and apple sausaage all natural :: made with chicken, dried apple, salt, fruit juice.

10 Must Have Items for Surviving a Whole 30 | Houston Moms Blog

Riced Cauliflower

10 Must Have Items for Surviving a Whole 30 | Houston Moms Blog

Almond Butter 

10 Must Have Items for Surviving a Whole 30 | Houston Moms BlogMarinara Victoria White Linene marinara sauce :: olive oil, garlic, basil, onions sea salt and spices {No sugar! Yep, most red sauces contain lots of sugar!}

10 Must Have Items to Survive a Whole30 | Houston Moms Blog

Ghee

10 Must Have Items to Survive a Whole30 | Houston Moms Blog

Low Sodium Bacon {look for “low sodium” when picking out sugar-free bacon. Yep, most bacon has sugar in it.}

Picks from Trader Joe’s

10 Must Have Items to Survive a Whole30 | Houston Moms Blog

Epic Bars Sea Salt and Pepper Venison Steak :: salt, cracked pepper, onion powder, garlic powder

10 Must Have Items to Survive a Whole30 | Houston Moms Blog

Just Beets

10 Must Have Items to Survive a Whole30 | Houston Moms Blog

Just Fruit rounds

10 Must Have Items to Survive a Whole30 | Houston Moms Blog

Green Goddess dressing :: avocado, green onion, lemon juice, chives, basil, garlic

You can download the Whole30 program rules here. Oh, I’ll add one more piece of advice. When I did my first Whole30 a few years ago, I planned day 30 for the day before a vacation. That was a huge mistake! Probably the most important part of the plan is the “reintroduction phase” where you start bringing foods back into your diet. This is where all of your hard work pays off and you can see what foods may trigger certain things. So, make sure to give yourself time for this at the end. 

*I swear the Whole30 will change the way you eat. It takes away cravings, it will restore unhealthy habits you may have, it will give you a new appreciation for food. Give it a go!

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